by Rick Wilber

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In these nine stories of determination, seemingly ordinary people find themselves in extraordinary circumstances as they confront their fears and embrace their challenges on a near-future Earth or an alternate-history past or even on a far distant alien world.

• A single parent with a Down-syndrome daughter considers what his life and career might have been as a parent and a pro football player in some alternate reality.

• A young girl on an isolated Florida island discovers that her quirky grandparents are even stranger than she thought.

• A high-school basketball player confronts the ghosts of her past.

• A young woman struggles to make peace with the horrors of her forgotten childhood.

• An elderly woman slides into dementia even as she finds some essential truths that were lost in the hazy mists of her memory.

• A baseball player becomes a spy during an alternate-history version of World War II, where he plays a pivotal role in stopping the Nazi war machine.

A powerful and poignant collection of memorable stories from an award-winning storyteller, Rambunctious: Nine Tales of Determination is charming, action-packed, frightening, and thoughtful by turn.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940162629375
Publisher: WordFire Press
Publication date: 03/25/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,090,545
File size: 407 KB

About the Author

Novelist and editor Rick Wilber has published several novels and short-story collections, several college textbooks on writing and the mass media, a memoir about his father’s life in baseball, and more than fifty short stories in major markets, including the Sidewise Award-winning “Something Real,” and the poignant “Today is Today,” reprinted in the Best Science Fiction of 2019 (Prime Books, 2019) edited by Rich Horton. Both stories and seven more tales of determination are in this collection.
Wilber is the editor of several reprint anthologies, including Field of Fantasies: Baseball Stories of the Strange and Supernatural, Future Media, and Making History: Classic Alternate History Stories, among others.
Wilber’s novel, Alien Morning (Tor 2016) was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel of 2016, and the sequel, Alien Day: Notes from Holmanville, will be out in 2020, also from Tor.
The son of a major-league baseball player and coach, and a three-sport college scholarship athlete himself, Wilber often incorporates sports into his fiction. He is the father of a Down syndrome son and often incorporates the disabled in his fiction, as well. He is a Visiting Professor in the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing at Western Colorado University, and he is he co-founder and co-judge with Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine Editor Sheila Williams of the Dell Magazines Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing, awarded annually at the International Conference on the Fantastic in Orlando, Florida.

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